Electric Motor Lab

The electric motor is extremely common in our everyday lives. While often hidden from view, the electric motor is an essential component in many familiar devices. The electric motor is a device that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. Electric motors are found in such diverse objects as: blow-dryers, washing machines, fans, power drills, blenders, mixers, computer disk drives, tape players, VCRs, Camcorders, CD players, computer CD ROM drives, sewing machines, dishwashers, copy machines, laser printers, car starter motors, elevators, escalators, refrigerators, and vacuum cleaners. To function in such range of devices, the basic motor design is adapted to meet the particular needs of the specific application. It is this versatility that helps to make the motor an essential element of our technological world.

The motor made in this project is a basic design. This motor design is intended to be relatively easy to construct and to clearly show the key elements of how a motor works.

 Assembly Instructions
 Parts List

 Additional Information for Instructors
 How It Works
 Laboratory Questions to Answer

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Last updated January 10, 2001.